Where Has All My Energy Gone?
If you wonder why you still feel tired after a good night’s sleep, it may be that your Thyroid hormone function is disrupted.
The health of the Thyroid Gland is a complex issue, but what many fail to realise is that you can have a sub-clinical under-active thyroid. The blood is under careful control by a bodily system called homoeostasis. This is fundamentally a bio-feedback system which signals to the brain when an imbalance or deficiency of a nutrient or hormone is detected in the blood. The brain then releases chemical messengers that increase or decrease the component which is excessive or deficient, to bring balance back in the blood.
This does not always reflect what is occurring at a cellular level, because the components in blood are ‘free’ meaning available but not yet being used. Therefore a sub-clinical under-activity of the thyroid does not show up on a blood test. Until the ‘free’ hormones attach to a receptor cell they are not active or influential.
Fatigue is the most common symptom of thyroid insufficiency, but there are other clues to help identify if there is a clinical OR sub-clinical problem. The kinds of symptoms to look out for include:
Lethargy, fatigue or poor stamina
Difficulty losing weight
Prone to cold hands/feet
Dry skin / coarse hair
Excessive hair loss
Outer third of eyebrow is thinning or has been lost
Depression or difficulty coping
Loss of libido or lack of interest in sex
Infertility or multiple miscarriages
Yellowing of palms of hands and/or the soles of feet
If you are experiencing more than three of the above, including unexplained fatigue, sub-clinical thyroid activity may be involved. Optimal function depends upon several elemental nutrients such as Iodine, Selenium, Iron, Tyrosine, and vitamins B and C. Iodine is especially important and is a common deficiency due to the presence of Fluoride and Chloride in toothpaste and drinking water because they blocks the cell receptor for iodine (they compete for absorption) creating an artificial deficiency of iodine.
Seven tips to increase thyroid function:
- Change your toothpaste to fluoride-free
- Filter your tap water
- Avoid Soy products as they are high in goitrogens that block iodine uptake
- Increase your daily exercise / physical activity
- Include unrefined sea salt in your whole-food diet
- See a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist to identify any food intolerances and follow a detoxification programme designed for your personal case. A build up of toxins will slow down all bodily systems, including the thyroid.
- Take Epsom salts baths twice weekly.